Office of the President

Race & Equity


June 19, 2020

We honor Juneteenth and commit to the work ahead

Ana Mari Cauce

As a University, we are proud to recognize the significance – both historic and ongoing – of Juneteenth in celebration of Black liberation.


June 18, 2020

Supreme Court ruling welcome news for Dreamers and a win for our nation

Ana Mari Cauce

Our University welcomes today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling blocking the administration’s attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.


June 16, 2020

‘Simple but momentous’ –  A ruling for gay and trans rights is a ruling for human rights

Ana Mari Cauce

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a victory for human rights and the ideal that all people are entitled to fair and equal treatment under the law.


June 13, 2020

Congratulations, Class of 2020!

Ana Mari Cauce

This year, it was my honor and privilege to deliver the commencement address to the graduating seniors, graduate and professional students who earned their degrees during a quarter unlike any before.


May 30, 2020

Lifting the veil: understanding the clarity this moment offers

Ana Mari Cauce

The post-pandemic goal should not be to go back to the way it was. We must do better. In our community, we can and we will continue our work to address issues of equity, racism and bias. The veil has been lifted. We cannot give up – or go back.


February 12, 2020

Guest post: Emerging scientists at AAAS annual meeting are essential to the future

Mark Richards

Our university is proud to be a sponsor and host for the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s annual meeting, the world’s largest general scientific gathering. To learn more about the work of some of the youngest scientists participating, I hope you’ll read Provost Mark Richard’s guest blog post.


February 11, 2020

Working together is our best defense against threats to health

Ana Mari Cauce

Just as important as our response to the coronavirus threat is our responsibility to avoid stigmatizing, stereotyping, and perpetuating the racism that can accompany diseases associated with a country or people.


January 22, 2020

Reflecting on Davos open forum panel “Free to Be (LGBTI)”

Ana Mari Cauce

This week, I had the extraordinary opportunity to participate in the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos where I sat on a panel about how we can help build a world that is more inclusive and supportive of LGBTQ+ youth – in schools, at home, in the workplace and in every nation on earth.


January 17, 2020

Change is possible, but we must keep striving

Ana Mari Cauce

As a great public university, our UW community has enormous power to bring about change. This week, I hope you will take the opportunity to join in some of the UW’s many activities and opportunities for service in honor of MLK Day.


June 20, 2019

What we are doing to prepare for I-1000

Ana Mari Cauce

I-1000, which enables state agencies and public universities to factor in characteristics such as race, gender, ethnicity, and veteran status when making admissions, hiring and contracting decisions, was passed by the state legislature this session and is currently scheduled to take effect in late July. To prepare the University of Washington for this change in state law, I have initiated a staff review of our current practices in admissions, hiring, and contracting to lay initial groundwork for implementation.



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